When I first heard about this I gave my wife a quizzical look. We go see the games a lot at Frontier Field and are very happy with what we see. The stadium is in good shape, all the grounds look good, even the outside areas that get tons of snow and pounding from Rochester’s winters are in good shape. So why do they need 7.5 million to repairs? I did a little digging and found the following news over at http://www.rochesterhomepage.net
The Rochester Red Wings are swinging for the fence when it comes to Frontier Field renovations.
Naomi Silver, President and CEO of the Rochester Red Wings hopes so, “It’s well used. The fans have loved it here. We take a lot of pride in this facility in Rochester. It’s almost a landmark here.”
Monroe County and the Red Wings hope the state will give them a hand in financing the $7.5 million dollar makeover. Under the proposal, the county would dish out $2.4 million, the Red Wings: $600,000 and the state would pay for the remaining $4.5 million.
Naomi added, “It really takes bigger dollars to make these things happen when we are looking for big renovations and 18 years is a long time for a facility, so, we want to ensure another 18 years here.”
The new grass field alone could cost up to $1 million. The renovations would also have major perks for fans.
“Add some picnic areas to do some painting here that I think the fans will appreciate because they look around and they notice that there are some things that need to be done here,” said Silver.
Also on the agenda, new restrooms, a sound system and a museum in the old firehouse.
“We have people who would love to give us things and a collection of our own that we would like to house so that’s something we have talked about for a number of years and that would be part of this project as well,” said Silver.
And if you aren’t the biggest Red Wings fan but attend Frontier Field for concerts, there’s this perk: a new pedestrian bridge onto the field.
The county and city are on board with the changes. Now, the ball is in the hands of the state.
Here is some additional information for all of you.
Rochester Community Baseball, Inc. are the owners of the Triple-A Rochester Red Wings baseball team.
The company was formed when in 1956 the St. Louis Cardinals announced that they would no longer operate the franchise in Rochester. Local businessman Morrie Silver led a community stock drive to purchase the team and the stadium. Silver and 8,221 shareholders purchased the team from the Cardinals on February 27, 1957 and gained affiliation with the Baltimore Orioles in 1961.
Silver served as the team president and general manager. His daughter Naomi Silver is the Chairman of the Board.
As of 12 December 2011, there were 215 shareholders within the team with equity stakes at 0.1% to 5.0% per person.
With that said I am trying to figure out for the life of me why the stadium need to have 7.5 million in renovations. In the beginning of this year the field was in excellent shape, and from the people I spoke to so far all say the same thing. I just don’t get it. Add the painting they want to do, new restrooms and I still fall way short of what they are asking for. The only thing I can see that costs any real money is this pedestrian bridge that they are talking about but that can’t be the bulk of the money can it?
Restrooms? Really? Seriously?
Don’t get me wrong, I love going to the games but I would rather see 4.5 million from NYS rather go to things that really need to be upgraded NOW, like roads, bridges and God forbid “pothole” repairs.
What do you people think? I added a poll at the top of the page if you would like to give your 2 cents worth. Just leaves me scratching my head! To many questions, not enough answers and to little news coverage. I don’t like it when mum’s the word!